Things to do in the local area
Why stay in Brook? Situated on the beautiful, rural coastline of West Wight, Brook is a peaceful location to enjoy all of the best that the Isle of Wight has to offer. Rolling hills and beautiful beaches, alongside local artisan shops and plenty of pubs and restaurants, are all within easy reach for our guests at Brook House.
A personal favourite of ours and a spot to visit when staying with us is the Sun Inn at Hulverstone. Within easy walking distance from any of our properties, it serves good pub grub and is lovely in the winter with its glorious roaring fire, and great in the summer in the beer garden with a spectacular view out to sea. Perfect for pooches too, with the pub being fully dog friendly.
Just a few miles further afield is the picture postcard village of Brighstone, with its village shops, museum and The Three Bishops pub – which specialises in real ale and more recently opened a gin bar for visitors to sample from and enjoy. In the other direction, there’s larger Freshwater or Yarmouth with wider choices of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops to enjoy an afternoon milling around in. For those looking to dine in, there’s plenty of award winning farm shops and artisan producers where you can pick up a range of stunning ingredients to enjoy in.
There are also plenty of the Islands top tourist attractions to enjoy nearby – including the National Trust gardens at Mottistone Manor, Alum Bay with its views out to the famous rock formations, plus chairlift, boat rides, coloured sands, amusements and glass making at the Needles Park. There’s also the oldest themed attraction in the UK – Blackgang Chine – which hosts attractions from Dinosaurs through to fairytales and pirate ships for children to enjoy, and plenty more for kids – like the Isle of Wight Zoo, Dinosaur Museum, WightKarting go kart track, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House.
Visitors can also go pottery painting at Chessell Pottery barn, whilst enjoying a selection of their wonderful afternoon teas, and travel to Ventnor Botanical Gardens to see a selection of plants and fauna from all over the world. There’s also Ventnor esplanade, where fresh crab and lobster or locally landed fish can be purchased – as well as the traditional fish and chips to eat there.
If you’re looking for a stroll down the beach or even a day relaxing on the sandy shores, there’s unspoilt sandy beaches close by at Brook and Compton (which is a favourite for surfers due to the quality of the waves), there are also shallow beaches at Colwell and Totland around 10 minutes away in the car – both with cafes and other amenities, including a footpath between the two for keen walkers.
Speaking of keen walkers, the Island is perfect for those looking for a walking holiday. There are miles of spectacular walks along the heritage coast, including on cliffs and downlands and many are easily accessible from the Brook House properties. The Island boasts over 160 miles of bridleways, over 500 miles of well-kept footpaths, and a 60 mile round the Island cycle network. One of the most popular coastal paths runs past Brook along the south coast – running from Totland to St Lawrence, which we would always recommend to our guests. There’s also the inland trail, Tennyson Trail, which passes Brook.